In an ever-changing world, newspapers are an ideal teaching tool as they provide current content published on a daily basis on a wide variety of subjects.
This is where the Newspaper In Education program, otherwise referred to as NIE, comes in. The program's main goal is to improve overall literacy, by enhancing reading, spelling and writing abilities, all while advancing the use of newspapers in schools.
Both small and large newspapers across the U.S. utilize the valuable program, including The Daily Press, which has offered the program for the past four years.
As part of the program, local businesses sponsor a local classroom for $25.20 per month. This cost pays for the classroom to receive a bundle of 30 newspapers once a week. Each school is assigned a different day in which they receive their newspapers.
Currently, several businesses, including St. Marys Insurance, CNB Bank, Quala-Die, Newell's Plumbing and Heating, Veolia and Air Liquide, sponsor eight schools and 29 classrooms. The schools participating in the 2010-11 Daily Press NIE program are Elk County Catholic and St. Marys Area high schools, St. Marys Area Middle School, St. Marys Catholic Middle School, and South St. Marys Street, St. Boniface, Fox Township and Bennetts Valley elementary schools.
St. Marys Area Middle School tops the schools with the largest number of sponsored classrooms.
In exchange, each business is provided with a certification of appreciation and advertising of their participation in the program.
Individuals may also participate in the program by offering a vacation donation: rather than having their newspapers pile up at home when traveling out of town or going on vacation, subscribers may donate those newspapers to the program by contacting The Daily Press Circulation Manager Billie Jo Coudriet at 781-1539 and letting her know the amount of days to credit to the program.
Businesses or individuals interested in participating in the NIE program should also contact Coudriet.